The family of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil righs icon Malcolm X, who was reportedly killed in Mexico on Thursday, released a statement today. The news of his death was reported by New York’s Amsterdam News and confirmed by Terrie M. Williams, a family friend via Twitter.
Several reports around the circumstances of his death are still unconfirmed and the investigation of his death is ongoing. Calls have been made to the consulate general’s office in Tiajuana, Mexico, as well as an email seeking more information about his death.
The statement, attributed to the Shabazz family, detailed the family's grief over losing the 28-year-old activist. Read the statement in full below.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved El Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz. To all who knew him, he offered kindness, encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow.
Although his bright light and boundless potential are gone from this life, we are grateful that he now rests in peace in the arms of his grandparents and the safety of God. We will miss him.
With grateful hearts, we send sincerest appreciation to our supporters around the world for your tremendous outpouring of love and respect during our time of grief.
The Shabazz Family"